The Transformation of Charlotte Poole

Meg North

Book Cover

GENRE

GOTHIC HISTORICAL FICTION FANTASY

    Core Theme

    SELF AGENCY

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    FRANKENSTEIN; THE TURN OF THE SCREW

    CHARACTER LIST

    • CHARLOTTE POOLE: 17. LEAD. BRAVE AND EMPATHETIC.

    • ADAM DAMON: 20. GIVES CHARLOTTE HER POWERS AND BECOMES A LOVE INTEREST.

    • MRS. DAMON: 40S. ADAM'S MOM. ANTAGONIST.

    • BENJAMIN: 20S-30S. CHARLOTTE'S OLDER BROTHER.

    • IMOGENE: 20S-30S. BENJAMIN'S WIFE.

    • ELLA: 19-20. CHARLOTTE'S OLDER SISTER.

    Logline

    Zapped by an electric shock therapy machine, Charlotte Poole transforms from a desperate and dying teenager into a girl with electric superpowers. She works with machine inventor Adam Damon to control her voltage, discovering she can heal others as well as harm them.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,13-17

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Portland, Maine

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Black Rose Press

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    Victorian teen Charlotte is on her deathbed in Portland, Maine. As one last cure, she tries electric shock therapy from the Damon Machine, created by its inventor, Adam Damon. But it gives her electric powers. She can shoot lightning out of her hands! Then things go terribly wrong ...

    Ending Description

    Adam keeps inventing machines, but it doesn't prevent Charlotte from being out of control. They decide to head to New York City, a plan that also goes to pieces thanks to his manipulative mother. Charlotte faces off against them both in a magical showdown, displaying her full powers.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-1-944384-07-4

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Other

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Charlotte Poole

    Age: 17

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Confident,Engaging,Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Adam Damon

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Confident,Crazy,Decisive,Educated,Visionary,Skillful,Power Hungry

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mrs. Damon

    Age: 42

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Manipulative,Narcisstic

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    "The Transformation of Charlotte Poole" is amazingly entertaining, starring a protagonist in a Victorian setting that gets electric superpowers! Charlotte Poole has a unique and iconic look, wearing her all black outfit with a black cloak to cover her dark hair. On her blackened smoky arms are light-up electric blue veins, and she can shoot lightning out of her fingertips. There are many scenes in the story, especially the finale, that showcase her fantasy powers in such a great visual way perfect for the screen. Charlotte is also a strong and smart heroine in her own right. She has an inspiring range of character change, from a sick girl with no future to a powerful young woman whose destiny will include famous inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. The main antagonist, boy genius mad inventor Adam Damon, is also a cool character. He creates three crazy machines - the Damon Machine, the Transformer, and the Damon Dynamo. He even has a laboratory where he does experiments with Charlotte to try and control her powers. He's a visionary fascinated by the fledgling technology of electricity. Together, Charlotte and Adam make a power couple that light up this story and would light up the screen, too. "The Transformation of Charlotte Poole" is an origin story for a new kind of superhero: a girl whose electric powers transform not only herself, but the world as well.

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, ROMANCE, DRAMA, FANTASY

    Brief

    Girl is sick and dying, gets zapped with electricity which cures her but also gives her powers. She accidentally kills some people but learns to control her powers. Her lover won't take her back, however, so she goes to New York City to meet with Tesla alone.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Profile works

    Draw of Story

    I'm a sucker for a period piece and love gothic horror, and it was a super interesting concept.

    Possible Drawbacks

    It gets a little too young adult/CW network at times, and sometimes Charlotte makes stupid choices. Additionally, sometimes the characters change their minds on things with no warning or reason--Adam wavers between being mad at Charlotte and blaming her and considering her blameless and loving her, sometimes with immediate turnaround. This can all easily be adapted out.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    It's a Victorian gothic young adult novel with the benefits of women having interiority. It's a historical fiction about a superhero with incredibly unique powers.

    Fanbase Potential

    Absolutely. It can be perceived as a guilty pleasure at times, but there is a lot of fun in it, and the characters get more depth as the story progresses. Also, it's a young adult style novel with a creative romance premise. People will love this.

    Awards Potential

    Absolutely, but mostly because the special effects and costume design alone would have to be extravagant.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    THE ORIGINALS

    What’s New About the Story

    It's about a girl in Victorian New England who gets zapped with electricity giving her superpowers who falls in love with her creator, mirroring Frankenstein in a female-centered way and furthering the conversation on responsibilities of power and science. It couldn't get more unique.

    Lead Characters

    I think the concept of chronic pain is really unexplored in fiction and Charlotte uses it to fuel her empathy which later becomes a part of her powers. Also, she's a girl who almost dies of sickness and then gets electric current superpowers, which stands out a bit.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is quite unique.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    Young adult genres always do well, and this is a really unique take on the young adult supernatural romance genre.

    Brief

    Zapped by an electric shock therapy machine, Charlotte Poole transforms from a desperate and dying teenager into a girl with electric superpowers. She works closely with the machine's inventor, Adam Damon, to learn more about her voltage. Soon, however, she comes to fear the harm that her powers can cause and must learn to control them.

    What We Liked

    - This book is the spiritual granddaughter to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It has the allure and beauty of Victorian New England with the fantasy fueled by the discovery of electricity. Charlotte Poole is a strong female character with so much more depth than gothic novels normally allow, but what's more impressive is that even apparently minor characters are shown to be multidimensional.
    - As a film, this would be a beautiful period piece with fantastical elements--stars will want to work on it and audiences will want to see it.
    - As a television show, this would be a smart young adult series that viewers could tune into for a guilty pleasure but walk away with something deeper.
    - Key points: Strong female protagonist; Unique superpowers; Unique setting; Romantic; Multi-faceted characters

    Synopsis

    Charlotte Poole is a seventeen year old girl in Victorian New England who has been deathly sick for most of her life--her parents succumbed to illness when she was younger, and she's been getting sicker and sicker each year. Her older sister, Ella, has been taking care of her for her whole life along with their older brother, Benjamin, despite the disapproval from his wife, Imogene. Imogene complains to Charlotte that she has dried them up financially with her illness and prevented Ella from getting married and living her life. One day, Ella returns from a visit to New York City with a surprise for Charlotte--a lightbulb. It scares her, but she likes the way she can feel a small spark from it in her palm. Ella promises Charlotte that when she gets better, they will return to New York City and see the city lit up together. Charlotte is comforted by Ella's promise but believes it will never come true as she is getting sicker by the day and cannot even get out of bed on her own.

    Charlotte and Ella visit Charlotte's doctor, and Charlotte is determined to try whatever it takes in order to try and get better, but the doctor disappoints them and says that Charlotte should get her affairs in order and prepare to die as she has tried everything. Ella is devastated but Charlotte presses the doctor until he tells her about one thing she hasn't tried yet--a new type of treatment called electroshock therapy. He warns against it, calling it too dangerous, but Charlotte insists on trying it, and a reluctant Ella finally agrees and takes her to see Adam Damon, the inventor of the electroshock therapy machine. When they arrive at Damon's manor, Charlotte is surprised to see that Adam is only 20 and is quite handsome. He takes her into his lab and hooks her up to his machine, starting her at a low voltage. She wants more, though, so he slowly increases the voltage until she is zapped with hundreds of bolts. At first, Charlotte doesn't feel better after the treatment and is bedridden for a few days, but when she wakes up, she feels miraculously cured. To celebrate, Ella takes her to the beach. Unfortunately, at the beach, Ella slips on some rocks and when Charlotte reaches out to grab her, the salt water works as a powerful current and electrocutes Ella, killing her and burning Charlotte's hands until they're permanently black.

    Charlotte returns home, miserable about her sister's death and horrified at her hand in it. Imogene blames Charlotte for Ella's death as well. Benjamin has Charlotte touch him, and it almost kills him, so he and Imogene both send Charlotte away to live with Adam so that he can experiment with her powers and she won't hurt anyone. Adam is excited to see Charlotte, but she secretly plots to get strong enough to kill him as she blames him for Ella's death. Adam introduces Charlotte to his mother, Mrs. Damon, a sickly dying woman. Adam wants Charlotte to cure Mrs. Damon so that he can go back to New York and work for Nikola Tesla. Charlotte's powers allow her to feel the true essence of a person, and try as she might, all she feels as Adam's essence is kindness and protection. Charlotte attempts to treat Mrs. Damon, but the experience almost kills her, and she senses poison and evil in Mrs. Damon's essence. Despite the toll it takes out on Charlotte and the fact that she is now healed, Mrs. Damon wants more and more of Charlotte's treatments, even if it kills Charlotte.

    Adam and Charlotte create a suit that helps her control her powers, and create more machines to study them. She learns that she can heal with her powers as well as hurt, and heals her brother, convincing him to come to a party that Mrs. Damon is throwing. Adam and Charlotte become romantically involved and Adam wants to take Charlotte to New York City with him and escape his mother, but Charlotte insists that they go to Mrs. Damon's party first as she's never gone to a party before. They go to the party and see Benjamin and everything is good and fun until Adam leaves to go pack their supplies so they can leave for New York, telling Charlotte to wait for him. While waiting, however, Mrs. Damon approaches Charlotte and threatens her, and tries to get her nurse to stab Charlotte with a syringe and sedate her so that she can keep Charlotte with her forever. Charlotte is scared and grabs the nurse, killing her. Adam returns and is furious with Charlotte, as is Benjamin and everyone else. The police are on their way, and Charlotte, despondent at what she's done, agrees to go to a mental institution.

    Charlotte arrives at the mental institution and is met by a perverted orderly who cuts off all her hair. She lies in her cell, weakened and depressed, when all of a sudden, Imogene arrives to visit. Charlotte expects cruelty from Imogene, but Imogene says that they're sisters and shows Charlotte that she's sick and dying. Imogene asks for Charlotte to heal her and says that she trusts her, and so Charlotte grabs Imogene's arm. At first she drains her, but she pushes back and heals her, and heals herself as well, creating an alternating current with Imogene. Charlotte's hair grows back and she's strong enough to kill the orderly and break out of her cell when he comes in to try and rape her. Charlotte goes back to Adam and asks for his forgiveness, but he can't forgive her and says that he's done with experimenting on people forever. Adam uses Charlotte to kill his mother, and then she leaves for New York City to see Nikola Tesla and learn more about her powers.

    About The Author

    Meg North wrote her first story about a Halloween party at the age of five, and she's been cranking them out ever since. She's published five books and been a successful freelance writer and ghostwriter. She also gives historical tours, celebrating her love of the 1800s with thousands of annual visitors to Portland, Maine.